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Conferences Overview

Nearly 250 students from 9 area middle schools and 9 area high schools gathered at Hope College on October 14th and 15th, respectively. This year marks the 17th annual conference for the middle school group and the 7th annual conference for the high school group.

During the morning session, the middle school students heard a keynote address from Dr. Louis Moore, history professor at GVSU. The high school keynote was given by Dr. Fred Johnson, history professor at Hope College. Students also participated in small group dialogues that challenged them to think about how access to opportunities of previous generations can still create different access to opportunities today. In the afternoon, the students continued in the theme of mixing it up, going on a cultural scavenger hunt and racing to answer the questions of Diversity Jeopardy.

Special Thanks

Many thanks to the Conference Host: Hope College

Emcee: Sally Woods
Hope Speakers:  Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education

Keynote (Middle School): Dr. Louis Moore, History Professor, Grand Valley State University
Keynote (HighSchool): Dr. Fred Johnson, History Professor, Hope College
Volunteers: Mary Hartfield, Anne Marie Hertl, Zsanara Hoskins, Bonnie Nawara, Sam Prince, Erica Kubik, Rebekah Kennedy, Tony Warren, Terry Tchozynski, Sharon Darby, Bryana Hopkins, Sonja Forte, Ramon Garza Jr., Steffanie Rosalez, Keyuana Rosemond, Doug Werner, Tom Taylor, Kelly Aylsworth, Jasmine Wells, Gabriela Quintero

Participating Middle Schools: Harbor Lights, Muskegon Middle, Holland High 8th and 9th, Jefferson, Lakeshore Middle, Macatawa Bay, St. Mary's, White Pines and Innocademy

Participating High Schools & Liaisons:
Black River, Grand Haven Central, Grand Haven High, Holland Christian, Holland High 10-12, Reeths Puffer, Zeeland East, and Zeeland West
Conference Photos

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Student Feedback

"It's good to see new people and there are always really great activities. We're different people, culturally, but we all want to see a change from the way things are now."  

"There are so many underlying causes for why people do certain things. We should get to know them before we decide to jump to conclusions."